Happy hedg­ing

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Keep yours tip­top

RE­PAIR YOUR HEDGE Is your hedge look­ing patchy? Re­sist the urge to fill gaps with plants of the same size. Plant a young plant or seedling – it will adapt more read­ily to the soil con­di­tions and grow much quicker. A smaller root ball also means less root dis­tur­bance for the neigh­bour­ing hedge plants.

Gather your sup­plies Or­ganic gar­den soil mix Young hedge plant (buxus used here) Sol­u­ble fer­tiliser

You’ll also need Hedge shears; shovel; gar­den fork; watering can

Here’s how STEP 1 In gap, prune a clear­ing wide enough for new plant to sit com­fort­ably with­out its leaves be­ing crowded by ex­ist­ing hedge plants. Cut fo­liage of sur­round­ing plants into a V shape to al­low light to fil­ter through. STEP 2 If you need to re­move a dead plant, dig around and be­low its root sys­tem and care­fully re­move. Tips

As far as pos­si­ble, try not to dis­turb the soil around the ex­ist­ing plants

Be care­ful not to cut through roots of re­main­ing plants.

STEP 3 Pour soil into hole. Use gar­den fork to mix it through ex­ist­ing soil to en­rich earth. Make a hole about the height and width of new plant’s root ball. Make sure hole is cen­tred be­tween ex­ist­ing plants and deep enough so the trunk will line up with other trunks.

STEP 4 Re­move new plant from plas­tic pot by squeez­ing bot­tom of pot un­til root ball comes loose. En­sure a good amount of soil is still at­tached to roots.

STEP 5 Sit root ball in hole, cen­tred and with trunk in line with trunks of ex­ist­ing plants. Fill hole with soil and pat down soil around base.

STEP 6 Pour fer­tiliser into watering can and di­lute with wa­ter fol­low­ing prod­uct in­struc­tions. Wa­ter new plant well. Note

Ap­ply­ing fer­tiliser helps es­tab­lish roots of new plant and re­pair roots of sur­round­ing plants.

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